Travis Lutter

Travis Lutter (born May 12, 1973) is a retired American mixed martial artist who won The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado.[2]

Travis Lutter
Travis Lutter
Born (1973-05-12) May 12, 1973 (age 48)
Chamberlain, South Dakota, United States
Other namesThe Serial Killer
ResidenceFort Worth, Texas
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Light Heavyweight
Reach75.0 in (191 cm)
Fighting out ofFort Worth, Texas
TeamTeam Lutter [1]
Rank4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado[2]
Years active2004–2010
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission7
By decision2
By knockout3
By submission2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Lutter was born and raised in Gann Valley, South Dakota in a farmer family of seven.[3] He began wrestling when he was 12 years old, continuing through high school where he earned All-State honors and then also competed during his first two years attending Northern State University, where he majored in criminal justice.[4] Lutter had originally begun training in Muay Thai, before viewing an early UFC event dominated by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, Royce Gracie. Lutter then moved to Dallas, Texas and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[5]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

The Ultimate FighterEdit

With this victory, Lutter became the challenger for Anderson Silva's Middleweight title. Lutter dedicated his victory on November 11 to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to support wounded U.S. servicemen.[6]

Title shotEdit

On the day of the weigh-in, one day before the February 3, 2007 bout at UFC 67, Lutter failed to make weight. He weighed-in at 187 pounds on the first attempt, and 186.5 two hours later on his second attempt. Because of his failure to meet the required 185 pounds, his match with Silva was changed to a three-round, non-title bout. This upset many fans, and he was booed upon his entrance into the octagon. Lutter would go on to lose in the second round via submission due to a triangle choke.

After TUFEdit

Lutter was scheduled to return to the UFC at UFC 74 on August 25, 2007 against UFC newcomer Ryan Jensen;[7] however he was forced to withdraw from the event due to a neck injury.[8] After over a year's absence from the UFC, Lutter was next matched against former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin at UFC 83. After nearly catching Franklin with an armbar in the first round, Lutter was defeated by Franklin in the second round by TKO.

After losing two consecutive bouts, Lutter was released from his UFC contract. This makes him the first Ultimate Fighter winner to be released from UFC contract.[9] He defeated Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald in the main event of Maximum Fighting Championship 22 on October 2, 2009.[10]

Lutter's next bout occurred on May 21, 2010, against Rafael Natal. This bout was part of the Moosin: God of Martial Arts show in Worcester, Massachusetts. After 2 take down attempts Lutter was noticeably tired, he lost by knockout in the first round.[11]


Due to the extensive neck injury sustained in the Natal fight and the subsequent long layoff from fighting resulted in Lutter's retirement from professional mixed martial arts competition. Secretly hoping to make it back to the UFC, Lutter did not publicly announce his retirement until a 2019 blog post.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Lutter is married and has four children.[13] Lutter owns and operates a martial arts training center in Fort Worth, TX, offering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing and mixed martial arts.[14]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • HnS Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)[15]

Grappling credentialsEdit

  • Winner Ultimate Submission Challenge 2003
  • Competitor 2001 ADCC World Championships
  • Competitor 2000 ADCC World Championships
  • Winner 2001 National USA ADCC Qualifier
  • Winner 2000 National USA ADCC Qualifier
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Carlos Machado
  • 1st place 2001 Texas State BJJ Champion
  • 3rd place Heavyweight Purple Belt, 2000 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 3rd place Purple Belt Heavyweight, 2000 Pan-American Games
  • 1st place Heavyweight Champion 1999 Texas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open
  • 1st place Heavyweight and Overall Champion 1998 Texas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships
  • 2nd place 1998 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1st place Heavyweight Champion 1998 USA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships
  • 1st place Heavyweight Champion 1997 San Antonio Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 10 wins 6 losses
By knockout 1 3
By submission 7 2
By decision 2 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–6 Rafael Natal KO (punches) Moosin: God of Martial Arts May 21, 2010 1 4:12 Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Win 10–5 Jason MacDonald Decision (unanimous) MFC 22 October 2, 2009 3 5:00 Enoch, Alberta, Canada
Loss 9–5 Rich Franklin TKO (punches) UFC 83 April 19, 2008 2 3:01 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 9–4 Anderson Silva Submission (triangle choke) UFC 67 February 3, 2007 2 2:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Originally for the UFC Middleweight Championship. Changed to a non-title bout when Lutter missed weight (187 lbs).
Win 9–3 Patrick Côté Submission (armbar) The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback Finale November 11, 2006 1 2:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 4 Middleweight Tournament. Submission of the Night.
Win 8–3 Cedric Marks Submission (armbar) IFF 1: International Freestyle Fighting 1 May 6, 2006 1 1:15 Ft. Worth, Texas, United States
Win 7–3 Jose Landi-Jons Submission (armbar) Cage Rage 15 February 4, 2006 1 4:00 London, England
Loss 6–3 Trevor Prangley Decision (unanimous) UFC 54: Boiling Point August 20, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–2 Matt Ewin Submission (keylock) Cage Rage 12 July 2, 2005 1 1:40 London, England
Loss 5–2 Matt Lindland Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell April 16, 2005 2 3:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–1 Marvin Eastman KO (punch) UFC 50 October 22, 2004 2 0:33 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–1 Grzegorz Jakubowski Submission (kimura) EVT 2: Hazard April 4, 2004 2 2:45 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 3–1 Mark Epstein Submission (rear-naked choke) EVT 1: Genesis December 6, 2003 2 2:45 Copenhagen, Denmark
Loss 2–1 Jorge Rivera TKO (punches) USMMA 2: Ring of Fury September 21, 2002 3 3:46 Lowell, Massachusetts, United States Lost the HnS Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Chris Munsen Submission (rear-naked choke) HOOKnSHOOT: Relentless May 25, 2002 1 0:45 Evansville, Indiana, United States Won the HnS Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 1–0 James Cooper Decision PRW: Power Ring Warriors November 7, 1998 3 5:00 Humble, Texas, United States


  1. ^ "Travis Lutter Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu | Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes". Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  2. ^ a b "Travis Lutter".
  3. ^ Dan McGraw (August 9, 2006). "Reality Fights – Fort Worth Weekly". Fort Worth Weekly.
  4. ^ Travis Lutter (July 26, 2019). "Travis Lutter's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Legacy, where my Jiu-Jitsu/BJJ came from".
  5. ^ "Travis Lutter start training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu". 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  6. ^ Archived December 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Lutter to Return at UFC 74 Against Jensen". Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2007.
  8. ^ " - porównaj zanim kupisz - tanie zakupy, opinie i recenzje". Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  9. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2009-12-04). "Ranking 'The Ultimate Fighter' champions - Mixed Martial Arts". Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  10. ^ Archived July 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Rough night for UFC vets Lutter and Edwards at Moosin". Archived from the original on May 26, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  12. ^ Travis Lutter (July 13, 2019). "Retiring from Fighting, how do you know it is the right time?".
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Location & Contact". Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  15. ^ "Fcf Staffers On Howard Sternthis Thursday | Full Contact Fighter". 2002-05-13. Retrieved 2015-03-27.

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